Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

If you haven’t been to Portsmouth, New Hampshire before – add it to your list. The quintessential waterfront New England town, filled with old brick buildings and cobblestone sidewalks from the 1600s and 1700s and has endless restaurants, live music, museums, and parks to keep you entertained.

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

I actually grew up fifteen minutes away from downtown Portsmouth, so I might be a little bias, but Portsmouth is truly one of my most breathtaking places to visit in New England (second to Boston, I must say!). As I headed up to my home away from home for a girls weekend with mum, I figured it was a necessity that I share a little insight to one of my favorite places!

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

PRESCOTT PARK
105 Marcy Street

Prescott Park is one of my favorite places to visit when I am in Portsmouth. When I was little my parents would take me to the park on the weekends – we’d make wishes and throw coins in the fountain and walk through the flower gardens. The park also holds special events that you can find more information about on their website but they range from music and plays to movies feature on a big screen.

USS ALBACORE
600 Market Street

The USS Albacore was a research vessel, used to test experimental features in modern submarines. The submarine sits in a concrete cradle so that it can be seen by all visitors and passerby-ers. The submarine features a self-guided tour and various audio stations around the ship highlighting the ships features. You will also be able to listen to recordings by former crew members about daily life on the sub.

PORTSMOUTH MEMORIAL PARK

The park is at the beginning of the new Memorial Bridge and features bricks with the names of local veterans and blocks of concrete from the old Memorial Bridge in the middle. The bride also has stellar views of the area, if you aren’t nervous to walk across it!

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

ISLES OF SHOALS

Six miles off the shore of Portsmouth, the picturesque islands are perfect to visit for the day (or even half a day!) when you’re visiting Portsmouth. The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers tours of the islands sharing the rich history. The ship does not stop on the island in order to maximize the tour. 

STRAWBERRY BANKE MUSEUM
14 Hancock Street

The museum was started by the citizens of Portsmouth as an effort to save the history of the area. The museum features four homes that are restored to their former glory and shares history from the bygone era.

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

PORTSMOUTH MEMORIAL PARK

The park is at the beginning of the new Memorial Bridge and features bricks with the names of local veterans and blocks of concrete from the old Memorial Bridge in the middle. The bride also has stellar views of the area, if you aren’t nervous to walk across it!

SHOP!

There are plenty of places to do a little shopping in downtown Portsmouth. Between all of the shoe stores, boutiques, and art galleries, you are guaranteed to find yourself a little something before you leave. If you’re someone that loves a good laugh, I highly suggest stopping into Macro Polo (89 Market Street).

WHERE TO EAT

There are so many delicious places to grab a bite to eat in Portsmouth – everything from quick take out to fine dining. Depending on what you’re in the mood for, you’ll be happy no matter where you go. The food is seriously delicious and the seafood is even better. I personally tend to go for the more casual spots (that are equally as delicious as the expensive ones!).

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

BRGR BAR
34 Portwalk Place

A modern burger bar with a twist. Featuring adult (alcoholic) milkshakes and the yummiest ricotta stuffed sweet potato tots. I highly suggest you stop in for a drink and an app!

THE RUSTY HAMMER
49 Pleasant Street

The cozy atmosphere and delicious sandwiches make for the perfect lunch. I stop into The Rusty Hammer every time I’m in Portsmouth, without fail. The steak is to die for and the decor has so much history.

 OLD FERRY LANDING
10 Ceres Street

Love good outdoor seating with a view? From the deck you can see the tug boats and the bridge that leads into Maine and the sunset is incredible. I highly suggest the clam strips and basically anything from the bar (because who wouldn’t suggest the bar?!).

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

 PORTSMOUTH GAS LIGHT CO.
64 Market Street

Hands down my favorite restaurant in all of Portsmouth – maybe it’s the pizza, maybe it’s the atmosphere but it’s most likely the pizza. Downstairs of the restaurant features a “pizza pub” complete with a huge fish tank and old brick walls. Although the restaurant burned down a couple months ago, it’s back in action in its former glory. My favorite part? The all you can eat pizza buffet for $8 Monday-Friday 11:30-1:30pm. 

BREAKING NEW GROUNDS
14 Market Street

The cutest coffee shop that serves the best coffee in the area. Plus, the baked goods and the outdoor patio seating are the best. I’m a fan of the cookies and all of the motorcycle hunks that pass by but who wouldn’t be?

THE PORTSMOUTH BREWERY
56 Market Street

If you’re a beer person, The Portsmouth Brewery is for you. There are a very large amount of beers on top, and the brewery actually brews it’s own bear (around 1,200 barrels a year) that is very delectable. Beyond the beer is a delicious menu and space for private parties, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

WHERE TO STAY

Confession: I have never actually stayed in Portsmouth before. I know, I know. I got there all the time and never stay in the area. I lived there for a handful of years so I never had to get a hotel and when we go up as a family, we always go for a day trip or on the way to Maine for a mini-vacation. My favorite hotel we’ve stayed at is Wentworth By The Sea, which is a 10 minute drive from downtown Portsmouth.

Other options………

ALE HOUSE INN
121 Bow Street
603-431-7760

HAMPTON INN & SUITES PORTSMOUTH DOWNTOWN
23 Portwalk Way
603-430-3033

HILTON GARDEN INN PORTSMOUTH DOWNTOWN
100 High Street
603-431-1499

SHERATON PORTSMOUTH HARBORSIDE HOTEL
250 Market Street
603-431-2300

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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9 Comments

  1. September 19, 2016 / 6:29 PM

    Portsmouth looks like such a pretty place–adding it to my bucketlist of places to visit!

    Bryn || The Wine Chronicles

    • September 28, 2016 / 10:31 AM

      It’s AMAZING! You need to go ASAP!

    • September 28, 2016 / 10:31 AM

      It’s a great place to visit and super family friendly!

    • September 28, 2016 / 10:32 AM

      It’s so much fun! I love going up there, especially with the fam! You gotta get up and eat some yummy food asap!

    • September 28, 2016 / 10:32 AM

      It’s gorgeous in the winter too, but when it’s warm its gorgeous because of all of the outdoor eating and the park!

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